Posted 5 years ago
I found this piece at Salvation Army this morning. Not really sure what it is, but it's very pretty. Obviously Japanese Satsuma in style. It appears to be a base for something. maybe a large jardiniere or bowl of some type. It measures 10" in dia. on the top, 5" high and the bottom flares to 12.5 which rests on three feet along the scalloped bottom edge.. "The hole in the middle and the open bottom seem designed to drain water and there are a few water stains as well. Although it's not flat but slightly concaved on top. Beautifully decorated around the side with gilded moriage and four floral panels that repeat opposite each other. It's quite sturdy and heavy so it was designed to take some weight. Not knowing what to call it makes searches online fruitless. There are no marks of any kind that I could see. It's in really great condition and does seem to have some age to it. Lots of natural craquelure to the green surfaces. So who knows what this "whatzit" is and what's it called ?? -Mike-
Many thanks to NB and his wife for ID'ing this piece as a Japanese flower arranger known as an "Ikebana" It's only missing the interior liner to support the flowers and hold water.
A closer look by my fellow vendor from the antique mall turned up some odd gold markings on one of the feet of the base. They kind of look like hieroglyphics . Very strange....so it is marked but what does it mean ?? Another mystery !